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The Mid-American Conference on Monday announced its Feb. 29 YP.com Men’s Basketball Players of the Week. Eric Washington (Miami) took honors in the East, while Nathan Booth (Toledo) and John Simons (Central Michigan) shared honors for the West.
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By MIKE SMITH
OXFORD, Ohio -- There are times when the Miami RedHawks look like a different team. Maybe they are.
Five RedHawks reached double figures Saturday as Miami knocked off Kent State 74-65 at Millett Hall. It was MU’s second win of the week over one of the top MAC East teams. MU (11-18, 5-11 MAC) defeated Akron on Tuesday.
Both opponents had handled the RedHawks rather easily earlier this year. It was different this time around as Miami begins to reap benefits from the contributions of its sophomore class.
Senior guards Eric Washington (16 points, 36 minutes) and Geovonie McKnight (13 points, 37 minutes) played their usual roles in leading the way. Joining them in double figures were sophomores Dion Wade 10 points, 35 minutes), Abdoulaye Harouna 10 points 21, minutes) and Rod Mills (14 points, 25 minutes).
“I think it’s clear when . . .
ATHENS, Ohio -- Senior forward Treg Setty and redshirt sophomore guard Jaaron Simmons registered career high point totals as the Ohio Bobcats outgunned visiting Buffalo 103-96 Saturday in an overtime battle at the Convocation Center.
Ohio raised its record to 19-6 (10-6 MAC) to remain one-game behind front-runner Akron in the MAC East. Buffalo fell to 16-13 (9-7 MAC), leaving the Bulls two games off the pace with two regular season games remaining. Ohio goes to Akron Tuesday (7 p.m. ET), while Buffalo hosts Miami (Tuesday, 7 p.m. ET).
The Bobcats shot 46.8 percent (29-of-62) from the field -- including . . .
DEKALB, Ill. – Junior Aaric Armstead scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Northern Illinois Huskies cruised to a 76-67 victory over Western Michigan on Saturday afternoon at the NIU Convocation Center.
The Huskies held the Broncos to just 20.7 percent (6-of-29) shooting in the first half as they built a 19-point halftime lead and coasted home to the victory. With the win, NIU improves to 19-10, 8-8 in Mid-American Conference play; NIU’s 19 victories are tied for the fourth-most in school history and are the most since the 1995-96 season when the Huskies won 20 games.
Sophomore Marin Maric finished . . .
Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com
TOLEDO, Ohio - It's not always how much, but when.
DaRohn Scott's final stat line was anything but impressive, but his contribution down the stretch loomed large Saturday as Central Michigan gutted out a 76-74 Mid-American Conference victory over Toledo at Savage Arena.
The win lifted CMU to 16-13, 9-7 MAC and it kept the Chippewas one game behind Ball State in the MAC West. It was CMU's fifth straight win over Toledo, 17-12, 8-8.
Scott, a 6-foot-9 junior, finished with four points, three rebounds and three blocks in 16 minutes.
His first bucket, a dunk with under four minutes to play, put CMU ahead for good. He then he made two huge blocks and scored on a putback in the final 1:04.
"Both teams played extremely hard and . . .
By Doug Zaleski
MUNCIE, Ind. -- There was no hesitation on this day for Ball State forward Sean Sellers.
The 2015 Mid-American Conference men’s basketball freshman of the year has endured something of a topsy-turvy sophomore season. His role off the bench was diminished early in the season, and then an injury sidelined him the first two games of the Mid-American Conference slate.
There have been ups and downs throughout the season. But signs that the confidence and swagger have come back exploded to the forefront Saturday when Sellers played a pivotal role in the Cardinals crushing of Eastern Michigan 115-79 in Worthen Arena.
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Akron hits school record 19 threes
By EVAN MEYER
AKRON, OHIO – The Akron Zips emphatically ended a two-game losing streak as they dominated the Bowling Green Falcons in every facet of the game en route to an 89-54 victory Friday night before 4,284 fans at Rhodes Arena and a national television audience.
With the victory, Akron (22-7, 11-5 MAC) remained undefeated at home with a 13-0 record. It also retains a lead lead of at least one game over Ohio and Kent State in the MAC East race.
"We did a better job in getting out in transition tonight.” UA head coach Keith Dambrot said. “We did a better job defensively, as well as sharing the ball.”
Senior Reggie McAdams scored . . .
Akron margin for error nearly gone, but Zips now at home
This weekends MAC action kicks off with the Akron Zips trying to pull themselves out of a mini-funk. The Zips are coming off a 77-64 loss at Miami Saturday, marking the third loss over UA’s last four outings.
All three loses, however, were on the road, and the Zips will be on the home hardwood for their final three games. That’s particularly favorable for UA, which is undefeated at home this season.
Bowling Green, meanwhile, has struggled mightily on the road over the past month. Saturday’s big upset of Ohio (87-82) was at the Stroh Center. Prior to that, the Falcons had lost seven straight, including four on the road. The last Falcons home win was at Western Michigan, 79-78) back on Jan. 26.
Wesley Alcegaire and Spencer Parker led BG’s upset of Ohio with 20 points apiece. Isaiah Johnson led the way for Ohio against Miami with 231 points. However, Pat Forsyth has been out for three games and Antino Jackson was the only other UA player to reach double figures (14.)
With just three games left in the regular season and just a one-game lead over three other teams, the Zips will focused on trying to get back on track as soon as possible.
This Weekend In The MAC
Friday, February 26th
Bowling Green at Akron, 7:00 p.m. ET (CBS Sports Network)
Saturday, February 27th
Eastern Michigan at Ball State, 2:00 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Kent State at Miami, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Buffalo at Ohio, 4 p.m. ET (BCSN/TWCS/ESPN3)
Western Michigan at Northern Illinos, 3:30 p.m. CT/4:30 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Central Michigan at Toledo, 7:00 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
YPSILANTI, Mich. (EMUEagles.com) – The Eastern Michigan Eagles downed in-state rival Western Michigan 73-62 Tuesday, avenging a loss from earlier this season. The Eagles (15-14, 7-8 MAC) were able to limit Western's (11-17, 5-10 MAC) Thomas Wilder to just 10 points while forcing him into nine turnovers. Wilder went for 35 points and 10 rebounds in the EMU loss at Western, Jan. 30.
Four Eagles finished with double-digit scoring performances, as junior Willie Mangum IV led the way with 16 points on 4-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc.
Freshman James Thompson IV just missed a double-double, posting 14 points and eight rebounds, five of which . . .
BUFFALO, NY – The Buffalo Bulls used a 14-0 second half run en route to an 87-70 win over Kent State on Tuesday night. The Bulls outscored the Golden Flashes 51-37 in the second half and UB has now defeated Kent State six straight times. With the win, the Bulls improve to 16-12 on the season and 9-6 in MAC play.
The two teams went back and forth in the first half as Kent State held its largest lead of the game at four with an early 16-12 advantage. The Bulls responded with seven straight points as a fast-break layup from freshman CJ Massinburg gave the Bulls a 19-16 lead. UB never led by more than four in the first half either, but with the score tied at 31-31, UB went on a quick 5-2 run to end the half up 36-33.
Kent State (18-10, 9-6 MAC) took a . . .
By Andy Sneddon
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – In a two-minute span early in the second half, Central Michigan’s lead shrunk from nine points to one.
Then, CMU coach Keno Davis was hit with a technical foul, his first in more than two seasons. Northern Illinois made the free throws awarded it on the technical, completing a 10-0 run that gave the Huskies a 43-42 lead.
That lead, NIU’s one and only of the game, lasted all of 22 seconds.
John Simons made two free throws to put CMU back on top, 44-43, and the Chippewas never trailed again as they went on to post a 76-64 Mid-American Conference men’s basketball victory over Northern Illinois at McGuirk Arena, improving to 15-13 overall, 8-7 MAC.
The Chippewas, now one game out of first place in the MAC West, play at Toledo on Saturday (7 p.m. ET) and are at Ball State next Tuesday. Northern Illinois will host Western Michigan (Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ET).
“I definitely think . . .
By MIKE SMITH
OXFORD, Ohio -- If the Miami RedHawks had something to prove Tuesday, they made their point. “We’re not a cakewalk,” senior Eric Washington said following a performance in which hosting Miami (10-18, 4-11 MAC) proved to be a more-than-formidable foe.
Senior Geovonie McKnight tallied 20 points and led three RedHawks in double figures as Miami upset MAC-East leader Akron, 77-64, at Millett Hall. Sophomore Abdoulaye Harouna tallied a career-high 16 points, while Washington contributed 13 points, seven assists and five steals. He had just one turnover over 36 minutes as the RedHawks . . .
Campbell tallies game-high 29 for Bobcats
Bowling Green, Ohio – The Bowling Green Falcons snapped a seven-game losing streak, ended Ohio's five-game winning streak and completed the regular season series sweep of the Bobcats for the second straight season with an 87-82 home win over OU on Tuesday night at the Stroh Center.
The Falcons, who shot 52.5 percent (32-of-61) for the game overall, went 17-of-28 (60.7 percent) from the field in the second half to outscore the Bobcats 51-45 over the final 20 minutes of play to complete the come-from-behind win.
BGSU outscored the Bobcats 59-3 in bench points, as three Falcons in Spencer Parker, Antwon Lillard and Rasheed Worrell all had double digit points off the bench in the win.
Parker and Wes Alcegaire . . .
Outcome tightens MAC West race
TOLEDO, OH – Toledo moved within a game of Mid-American Conference West Division leader Ball State on Tuesday evening with a 77-67 triumph over the Cardinals in Savage Arena. The Rockets (17-11, 8-7 MAC) are tied with Central Michigan (15-13, 8-7 MAC) for second place in the West, one game behind BSU (18-10, 9-6 MAC).
UT and CMU will square off on Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:00 p.m. in Savage Arena. Ball State also gets a home date as it hosts Eastern Michigan (2 p.m. ET)
Senior center Nathan Boothe topped the Rockets with 23 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, with freshman forward Nate Navigato tallying 19 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the perimeter. Junior guard Jonathan Williams also was in double figures with 12 points to go with four assists and just one turnover.
Junior forward Ryan Weber poured in a team-high 18 points for the Cardinals, with all of his . . .
2016 schedule features 17 nationally televised games
CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Mid-American Conference announced the 2016 football schedule Monday. Highlighting the schedule will be 17 nationally televised games during late October and November, slated for national television on ESPN2, ESPNU and CBS Sports Network as the conference race unfolds in both the East and West divisions. ESPN3, which is available in more than 99 million homes, will also stream a select number of games late in the season.
The regular season will . . .
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